[Editor’s Note: This post was written before Quade Green’s decision to transfer was final and has been updated.]
Quade Green’s career as a Kentucky Wildcat is over; what does that mean for Kentucky?
Coming into the UNC Greensboro game, Quade was averaging 20 minutes and 9.7 points. Against UNC Greensboro and Seton Hall, he averaged only nine minutes and two points, a considerable drop off. With the emergence of Ashton Hagans, Quade moved behind Hagans and Immanuel Quickley in the rotation, which makes today’s news slightly less surprising. At the point guard position, the impact is mostly minimal, but here’s where losing Quade hurts Kentucky.
Someone’s gotta start making threes
Tyler Herro’s shooting struggles have been well-documented. Quade is second on the team behind Herro in three points made (11) and attempted (26) and had a career-high four vs. Monmouth, so someone else must step up, especially if Herro stays cold. Keldon Johnson (8-25, 32%) and Immanuel Quickely (6-21, 28.6%) have shown they’re capable of hitting threes. Thankfully, another answer may have presented itself on Saturday…
Jemarl Baker, please stand up
Enter Jemarl Baker, who registered his first minute as a Kentucky Wildcat vs. Seton Hall. Baker’s shooting is the stuff of legend if you listen to his teammates; Kentucky could certainly use it right now. At 6’4″, Baker is bigger than Quade, and therefore, one would think, a more effective defender. The fact that Baker played on Saturday is promising, but it was only one minute. How much can Kentucky rely on him moving forward?
Who will be clutch?
Quade helped Kentucky avoid a loss to Bubba Parham and VMI last month with some clutch shots, both from the three-point line and the free-throw line. Fellow sophomore PJ Washington exhibited the same type of leadership Saturday vs. Seton Hall, albeit in a losing effort. Keldon Johnson also proved he’s worthy of a last-second Hail Mary. The latter bodes well for Kentucky’s freshmen to step into leadership roles, but we need to see more of it.
RIP Shades, RIP Cat City?
Neither of these have anything to do with basketball, but Quade is responsible for two of my favorite Kentucky Basketball memories over the last few years: him wearing the shades last December and him calling Atlanta “Cat City.” Quade is a great kid, and I’ll miss his upbeat personality and sense of humor.